Jan. 4, 2014
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ALLSTON, Mass. - The Boston University men's ice hockey team opened up the second half of its season on Saturday evening and had a third-period comeback fall short in a 7-4 road loss to Harvard at the Bright-Landry Hockey Center.
BU (7-9-2) scored on its first three power-play chances, including two in the final period to cut a three-goal deficit to one, but Harvard freshman Sean Malone notched a shorthanded goal while killing off a late major penalty and added an empty netter to help the Crimson improve to 5-7-2.
The Terriers opened the scoring in the first minute of play with a goal from junior Cason Hohmann, who returned to the lineup after missing five games with a shoulder injury.
Harvard, however, reeled off the game's next three goals to take a lead they would not relinquish. Freshman Phil Zielonka scored the first two goals of his collegiate career for the Crimson.
Freshman Dillon Lawrence cut the Harvard lead to 3-2 when he recorded his first goal as a Terrier at 6:14 of the second on a man advantage.
In the third, sophomore Danny O'Regan tallied his team-best sixth goal of the season on a power play before classmate Ahti Oksanen added another man-up tally to make it a 5-4 contest.
With 4:47 left in regulation, the Terriers drew a five-minute major on Harvard senior Dan Ford for hitting from behind to get a great chance at a late equalizer. BU could not convert, however, and Malone took advantage of a shorthanded breakaway to put the game away.
Freshman Nick Roberto and sophomore Matt Grzelcyk each recorded two assists for BU, while Oksanen and Hohmann picked up one assist each to also secure two-point nights.
Malone added an assist for a game-high three points. Sophomore Jimmy Vesey and senior David Valek each put up one goal and one assist for the victors.
Harvard held a 32-24 shot advantage, as sophomores Matt O'Connor (15 ) and Sean Maguire (10) combined to make 25 saves in the BU goal. Senior Raphael Girard, who entered the game with the top save percentage in the nation, picked up the win with a 20-save performance.
The Terriers allowed a season-high eight power-play chances on the night for Harvard and allowed the Crimson to score on two of them. Harvard's penalty-kill unit came into the night with a 90-percent success rate - good for fourth in the nation - but BU scored on three of its four opportunities.
BU will return to action on Wednesday (Jan. 8) when it plays host to Dartmouth. Game time is set for 7 p.m.